Witty singer-songwriter Barbara Schottenfeld to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Witty singer-songwriter Barbara Schottenfeld to perform at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Barbara Schottenfeld, an entertaining singer who has collaborated with Jule Styne and Henry Mancini, will offer "Schottensongs," a wickedly funny evening of music and stories, from Thursday, May 4, through Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

Schottenfeld, a Westport resident, wrote the one-woman show, which is directed by fellow Westporter Mark S. Graham. Jerald Goldsteinwill accompany on piano.

Schottenfeld is a composer, lyricist, librettist and performer whose credits include Broadway and off-Broadway works, as well as her memorable cabaret acts. As a lyricist, she has collaborated with such industry giants as Styne, Mancini, Burton Lane and Steve Allen. Critically acclaimed as both a performer and writer, she has been called "diversely talented" by The New York Times and "a true verbal artist" by New York Magazine.

"Barbara Schottenfeld's music and lyrics are an absolute delight," said Styne, composer of "Funny Girl" and "Gypsy." "She is one of the most brilliant talents to come along in many years."

Schottenfeld has performed her hilarious cabaret act at Lincoln Center and the Supper Club in New York City and Cinegrill in Los Angeles.

"Schottenfeld's singing was smooth as silk, supported by an easy, three-octave-plus range and a versatile vocal timbre; she added additional spice to her performance with high-spirited comedic interludes," wrote a reviewer for the Los Angeles Times.

Schottenfeld's latest full-length work is "Hot and Sweet," the story of an all-girl band in 1940s Chicago. Inspired by in-depth interviews with players from that era, the show has won critical and audience raves at the National Alliance for Musical Theatre Festival and at the Hartt School in Hartford. Broadway luminaries Faith Prince, Tovah Feldshuh, K.T. Sullivan, Kerry Butler and Barbara Walsh have all performed the piece.

Schottenfeld's writing career began at her alma mater, Princeton University, where she created her first show, " I Can't Keep Running in Place," as her undergraduate thesis. The piece became a long-running Off-Broadway hit and continues to be performed around the world.

"Sit Down and Eat Before Our Love Gets Cold," another popular Schottenfeld musical, has been staged in New York and around the country, and won Schottenfeld her first of two NEA Opera-Musical Theatre awards. She won the second for "Catch Me If I Fall," which also received a 1987 Drama League Award.

She also has 14 Musical Theater Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

Schottenfeld is a playwright member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the Dramatist Guild. In addition to her studies at Princeton, she has trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London and at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Tickets are $25. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit www.quickcenter.com .

Posted On: 04-04-2006 10:04 AM

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